Strawberries And Cream Cupcakes

I’m “Crushin’ ” on these Strawberries and Cream Cupcakes big time. Last weekend I wanted to create my own strawberries and cream cupcake from my base scratch cupcake recipe.  Needless to say I ended up throwing that batch out. Today I went back to the test kitchen and did a few things differently.

Here in South Florida it’s Strawberry Season for us until the end of February. What better time for strawberry season than right before Valentines Day.  Perfect reason to try these.

When I tried these last weekend I baked the strawberries inside. I pureed them in a blender with some heavy whipping cream and it made the cupcakes too sweet.

Looks pretty but didn’t taste so great. The strawberries disintergrated inside the cupcake when baked and they came out purple! How I wish I’d taken a photograph of that, but I was embarrassed to show anyone.

This time I decided to just add the strawberries so as not to change the properties too much and keep a moisture in the cupcake.

I initially didn’t want to look at other recipes online, but I needed something besides strawberry extract to kick it up a notch and give it a more natural taste. I ran across a video on Youtube on Betty Crocker that used strawberry soda. I thought that was genius and would lighten up some of the sweetness in my cupcake.  I may try it again with Nestle Quick strawberry milk next time just to see if it changes much. You could probably also use a strawberry gelatin.  Sure, now as I’m writing this I come up with all the others.

Cue your ingredients…

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Strawberries And Cream Cupcakes
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Serves: 12
Strawberries and cream cupcakes. Dreamy
  • 5 tablespoons salted butter at room temperature
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 cup all purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 2 tablespoon light sour cream
  • 2 teaspoons strawberry extract (mine was alcohol free)
  • 1 egg room temperature
  • 1 cup strawberry soda
  • 12-16 large strawberries washed dried and hulled and sliced in small bowl
  • 6 tablespoons crisco shortening
  • 3 tablespoons salted butter room temperature
  • 3-4 cups confectioners sugar
  • 4 tablespoons strawberry ice cream syrup
  • 2 tablespoons strawberry soda
  • 1½ tablespoon strawberry ice cream syrup
  2. Preheat oven to 350 degrees
  3. line 12 cupcake liners in muffin/cupcake pan
  4. cream butter and sugar on medium speed with stand mixer or hand mixer
  5. add dry ingredients to butter and sugar mixture
  6. add wet ingredients to mixture
  7. mix until all lumps are out
  8. use ice cream scoop and fill liner ⅔ full
  9. place in oven and bake until toothpick come out clean or they spring back to touch
  10. cool
  12. while cupcakes are cooling cut strawberries into small pieces and add strawberry ice cream syrup. Mix well with spoon set aside
  13. when cupcakes have cooled core them out and add a teaspoon of strawberry filling
  14. replace top of cupcake (don't worry if not neat, it gets covered with frosting)
  16. cream together shortening, butter, and syrup
  17. add confectioners sugar
  18. add strawberry soda
  19. mix well on low speed and gradually increase speed until all lumps are out

The real test was giving them to my boyfriend to try.  I asked him to honestly rate them on a scale of 1 to 10, obviously 10 being AWESOME! He gave them an honest (hopefully) 7/10.  I’ll take it!  I’m constantly trying to make my cupcakes taste better that is the fun of baking right? So I’m sure I’ll be trying to improve upon that number.

But for today. I’m satisfied. Happy Sunday everyone.



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  1. avatar

    They look fabulous and refreshing! How many times can you say THAT about a cupcake! I love the introduction of the strawberry soda.
    Did you insert strawberries into the filling there? I see a pile on/in the cupcake prior to frosting.
    Nice! Glad you aced it this time.

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      Yes Jean. I cored out the cupcakes and added the fresh strawberries mixed with a little strawberry ice cream syrup. OMG…the last ones were a hot mess! Tasted awful too!

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    Mary Beth

    They are beautiful, and I’m sure they taste as good as they look. You are right, you can use strawberry gelatin – my mom used to make me a strawberry coconut birthday cake every year using a package of Jello. She used just enough of the powder to tint (and flavor) the coconut, then put the balance of the powder into the cake. I still make it sometimes…it’s one of my faves!

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      Thank you Mary Beth. Thanks for being a loyal reader too. I really appreciate that. Strawberry coconut sounds devine. I just love all the baking tips and traditions our mothers hand down to us. Don’t you? I hope I am doing the same for my daughter by writing this blog.

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    Strawberry cupcakes are my son’s favorite…I never thought about adding soda to them before, what a great idea! I’ll have to give these a try the next time we make them!

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    I’ve never had strawberry cupcakes, but these look incredible!! I’ve never thought of it before, but yes…it’s perfect timing that we get strawberry season just in time for Valentine’s Day! 🙂

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      Thanks Denise. I’m wishing the strawberries were a tad sweeter being that it is our season for them.

      I’m also so excited for you and your trip to Chicago for the Kenmore giveaway. Have a great time. I look forward to hearing all about it.

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    they look gorgeous! my husband loves strawberry cake so i bet he’d love these. =)

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    Thanks Amy. I know I will keep trying with the frosting. I thought it was a bit sweet but next time I might incorporate some strawberry preserves or pureed sweet strawberries in the frosting. They were fun to make.

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    I love to eat fresh strawberries. It is also my daughter’s favorite. I haven’t tried to make a cupcake out of it though. Your recipe looks tasty. I will try to make that one this coming weekend. I will try to add my own secret ingredients too. Thanks for the idea Sherris.

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    Looks gorgeous! I lokk the cupcake liners, they add a nice touch!

  9. avatar

    I make these but use lemon zest and lemon juice.. strawberry lemonade cupcakes. Yours look wonderful!!!


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